Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissesar is calling on the governemnt to activate Section 2 of the Disasters Measures Act.
The following is a statement by the Opposition Leader:
The torrential rains that we have experienced over the past three days and the resultant catastrophic flooding has transformed areas of our country into virtual disaster areas.
The damage that has been caused to our citizens, their homes and their property has been catastrophic and disastrous. The government must act now and forthwith activate the Disasters Measures Act to allow law enforcement and agencies of national security to have the ability to save the lives of our citizens, rescue those marooned and provide safety and security for our citizens who are victims of one of our country’s worst natural disasters.
The rains that we have experienced were predicted but unfortunately absolutely no steps were taken by the government to prevent and avert the suffering and hardship that has been inflicted upon our citizens. The response of the government has been pathetic and overly bureaucratic and has done nothing to assist our citizens whose lives and property are seriously at risk.
Such a declaration will allow law enforcement and all agencies of national security to:-
The government must now act decisively despite their previous inaction.
The lives of our citizens are at risk.
All steps need to be taken to rescue our citizens and ensure the safety and comfort of our most vulnerable – especially our children, elderly persons, the homeless, the disabled, sick and infirm.
All the resources that are available need to be deployed to the affect areas without delay.
This is not business as usual.